From 21 to 29 November 2016, journalists from RTI (Radio Télévision Ivoirienne) completed a training course devoted to infographic design as applied to televised news.
In news as in other areas, the prerequisite is content; however, that is no longer sufficient in itself. Content has to be properly "packaged" to enhance the appeal of televised reporting and news programmes. Infographics – short for information graphics – is a way in which to supplement data using simple graphic representations that can be immediately understood, even by segments of the population lacking literacy skills.
Visual elements become a route to understanding, and this adds value, provides a context and makes phenomena visual, which is particularly useful for the financial/economic service as an alternative to simply presenting numbers on the screen, for the new Grandes enquêtes (Major Enquiries) service and also for sports coverage.
From conception to fruition, this training course aimed to provide journalists from the two RTI channels with all the tools they need to enhance their journalistic infographics skills whilst at the same time encouraging them to make this new form of illustration an automatic reflex.